Things are looking quite messed up for Faf du Plessis and his men in this World Cup 2019 extravaganza. South Africa locked horns with India in their third match of the 50-overs quadrennial tournament at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, on Wednesday. After two consecutive failures in chasing the opponents’ runs at the Oval, the Proteas decided to bat first against India in the third match. Faf du Plessis’ men need to win this game to ensure that they do not get too close to the exit door. However, there was not much of an improvement in the batting display against India as South Africa were reduced to 158 for 7 at one stage.
India was off to a magnificent start as their star pacer Jasprit Bumrah picked both the South African openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) with the team total at 24. It was then when du Plessis (38 off 54) and Rassie van der Dussen (22 off 37) resurrected the innings with a 54-run partnership. Dussen was castled by wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who had a field day.
Kevin Pietersen likes Rassie van der Dussen’s batting
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen in a Twitter post praised Dussen saying he liked whatever he saw in the batsman so far. The 30-year-old batsman made his ODI debut against Pakistan in January and has played only 11 games so far. He has scored 444 runs with five fifties and averages 74. In this World Cup, too, the top-order batsman remains among those few who have scored in an otherwise uninspiring batting display.
Dussen scored a vital half-century in the tournament opener against England as his team was chasing a total of 312 runs while against Bangladesh, he chipped in with 41 while chasing 331. Though his innings did not make any difference in either of the games, Dussen made a mark.
“I like, van der Dussen, from what I’ve seen so far…” wrote Kevin Pietersen on Twitter.
I like, van der Dussen, from what I’ve seen so far...— Kevin Pietersen???? (@KP24) June 5, 2019
Dussen has also played in 99 T20s in which he has scored three centuries with the highest score of 112 not out. He has a strike-rate of 131 plus and averages 38.43 in the shortest format. In seven T20Is, he has scored 253 runs with two half-centuries. He also boosts an impressive strike-rate of 133.15 in T20Is.